Defense News has this story about the USAF sending Boeing and EADS proprietary information about each company’s bids to the other by mistake.
How else can the government screw this competition up?
If you read the post carefully, the USAF also acknowledges for the first time what we have been saying for quite a while: the award will slip to early next year.
Update: It gets worse. Dominic Gates of The Seattle Times said the information including pricing data from each company, which is key in what is a price shoot-out competition.
This could have serious ramifications.
There is something called Final Proposal Revision, or FPR (pronounced “fipper”). This is a point in the procurement evaluation process by which offerors may change some critical specifications based upon Air Force questions (via “evaluation notices,” or “ENs”) to meet requirements or correct perceived deficiencies.
The fipper is the date (not yet set) at which EADS and Boeing can make their best and final offer, including adjusting the price. IF either company looked at the other’s pricing, this FIP date provides each with the opportunity to out-price the other with proprietary knowledge.
This could upset the entire procurement competition–again.